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You may have noticed things have been a little quieter on my blog...
Why? Instead I spend most of my time reading and sharing the best digital marketing tips and help guides (follow me on Twitter). Don't forget to bookmark my recommended digital reading list which can be found here.

My SEO reading list

Here is a collection of my favourite websites for daily doses of tech, SEO, Google, search, social and other online news:

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SEO Question: What is the ideal length for the title/description tags

SEO Question: I’m currently working on my new website and I’ve been reviewing what my competitors are doing. I’ve found that the META data on my competitor’s sites seem a bit excessive, what is the optimum length for the title and description tags?

Great question and something I get asked a lot. In short, a title tag should be know longer than 66 characters including spaces and the description tag should be know longer than 140 – 160 characters including spaces – these are both optimum for Google.

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SEO Question: Should I use the META description tag on my CMS

SEO Question: I recently commissioned a web design agency to build my new site using a bespoke content management system (CMS).

Being extremely happy with the system I noticed a problem in the search engine result pages (SERPs) – the description for every page was the same!

So I got in touch with the web design agency and they said the description tag was fixed across the site, so it couldn’t be changed individually, what do I do, keep the tag or lose it all together?

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10 super quick on-page SEO tips for Google

I’m absolutely 100% certain that if you mention Google to somebody they will know what it is, and with the big G commanding 85% UK market share and 70% worldwide share over the other search engines, it’s easy to see why.

Below you will find 10 super quick on-page SEO tips for Google:

Tip #1: Use no more than 66 characters maximum (including spaces) in the Meta title. I’ve found 60 or less works best.

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Using social media for SEO and better rankings

A large part of search engine optimisation (SEO) is about gaining links (link building) which point back to your website.

Now, I’m sure you are aware directory link building isn’t as good as it was a few years ago and the big G puts a lot of weight on trusted and established domains, so what better way to do link building using the powers of social media?

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Advice on starter hosting requirements

So, from time to time I get asked about hosting. From an SEO point of view this can be very important.

If you looking to take you’re product to the UK market, you’re best option is to have UK based hosting as Google can add extra weight on to you’re positioning in Google.co.uk.

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